The Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) student team was almost unstoppable yet again at the second annual University of Munster International Case Competition in Germany. The team earned second place after winning the title the previous year.
Twelve teams from 12 countries participated in the three-round case competition, held November 14-17, 2018. The OSB team, comprised of Mira Fakhreddine, Arman Khederlarian, Reef El Zein, and Karmah Chehaitly was the divisional leader for three consecutive cases, allowing them to take the stage in front of a global audience in the final round.
El Zein described #UMCC2018 as “a rewarding experience where you get to feel all types of emotions: the excitement of meeting new people, the stress of case solving, the adrenaline rush of presenting, the joy of winning and the gratitude for your team."
Organized by the University of Munster in Germany, the competition draws teams from business schools around the world to evaluate real-world business cases in a German context. Teams have three hours to read and develop winning and practical solutions and then fifteen minutes to present to a panel of judges. Because several of the judges are founders of the company discussed in the case, the team tried to live up to this year's competition theme, Future Leaders, Forward Thinkers.
Khederlarian described how preparation is essential when competing internationally. “Yet another enriching experience and successful trip made possible by the hard work of all those involved."
The team was coached by Hagop Panossian, faculty coordinator of the International Case Competition Program at OSB who added that, “the case program has brought together students who are dedicated and willing to challenge themselves to compete internationally against other universities and take things to another level outside the classroom setting." Panossian has been coaching OSB teams for international case competitions the past two and a half years .
Fakhreddine looked back at her experience competing in Belgrade's Business Case Competition earlier this year and explained how the amount of knowledge and skills gained can rise significantly within a short period. “I could never really get a good grasp of what a steep learning curve meant until I joined case competitions and specifically after returning from the Munster competition."
Her teammate Chehaitly added, “the competition was an invaluable journey that has enriched our learning experience at OSB on a professional as well as personal level."